Florida Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Standards for universal waste management: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730.185 and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

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Management of spent mercury-containing lamps and devices destined for recycling: FAC 62-737.150 to 62-737.900

Management of pharmaceutical waste: FAC 62-730.186

Mercury-containing lamps and devices:

Definitions: FAC 62-737.200 and FAC 62-737.800

Prohibitions: FAC 62-737.300

Registration: FAC 62-737.400(3)(a) and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

Notification: FAC 62-737.400(3)(b) and FAC 62-730.900(1)(b)

Management: FAC 62-737.400(4) and FAC 62-737.400(5)

Storage: FAC 62-737.400(7)

Volume reduction of lamps: FAC 62-737.400(6)(b)

Destination facilities: FAC 62-737.400 and FAC 62-737.800

Pharmaceutical waste:

Applicability: FAC 62-730.186(4) and FAC 62-730.186(2)

Definitions: FAC 62-730.186(4)

Management of pharmaceuticals: FAC 62-730.186(5) to 62-730.186(13)

Regulatory Agency

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida adopts by reference the federal universal waste regulations, including those for fluorescent lamps and mercury-containing equipment. However, the state has added provisions for the regulation of mercury-containing lamps and mercury-containing devices destined for recycling, and therefore, the Florida rules for lamps and mercury-containing devices differ from the federal rules for lamps and mercury-containing equipment. In addition, Florida added hazardous waste pharmaceuticals as a universal waste in 2007. The result is that the state rules are more stringent than their federal counterparts in connection with ...

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